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Toasting a marshmellow on an open fire pit

Outdoor fire pits are an almost universal symbol of fire and outdoor gatherings. From campfires to backyard barbecues to special parties, fire pits provide people with a sense of warmth and community. 


What is it about fire pits that people love so much?

It's not so much the warmth of the flames or the gathering around them - it's the simple act of gathering. And what are the benefits of a fire pit:

  • It provides a pleasant party atmosphere
  • Fire pits promote cuddling
  • It can be used for cooking purposes.

Outdoor Fire Pits 

  • They provide a direct heat source, often a gas flame, that gives off more heat than an oil flame from a fire pit burner. 
  • Outdoors fire pits give off an even amount of heat without smoky ash or black smoke, often produced by propane or natural gas fireplaces. 
  • Outdoor fire pits also make a great addition to any backyard, providing a place to gather with friends, family, and dogs under an attractive setting.

Uses of Fire Pits

Fire pits can be used almost anywhere. 

  1. If you're looking to use one outside in your yard, you have to keep in mind where it will be placed - in a place where it won't obstruct views or cause a safety hazard.
  2. Fire pits placed in a tree stand are usually fine, as long as you don't put them too close to street level. They must be at least 10 feet above the ground, and there should be an exact spot for walking around it.
  3. Outdoor fire pits allow you to have a direct heat source and a great way to cook foods. 
  4. Many people enjoy sitting around a fire pit and roasting marshmallows, barbecuing chicken, roasting hamburgers, hot dogs, or vegetables. 
  5. The flames of a traditional fire pit to keep the fire small, which allows cooks to create small circles of food in one area. 
  6. There's no smoke or ash, only hot embers

Practical Uses 

For one thing, they provide a steady supply of wood-burning fuel. Outdoor fire pits also burn fuel efficiently, allowing you to cook with less energy and save money on your monthly grocery bill. In the winter months, you can cook over an open fire, using less fuel than when you have a wood-burning stove to warm up your home.

Pros of Fire Pits

  1. One of the pros is that it's easier to use than a wood-burning stove or other outdoor fire solution. When you're ready to get cooking, you turn on the gas and fire it up. It burns quite brightly and produces an excellent, consistent heat.
  2. Many portable fire pits have adjustable temperature settings. If you want a specific temperature for your fire pit, you can easily place the outdoor thermometer on the surface of the fire pit. 

If you don't want to bother with these temperature settings, or if you'd like more control over the heat, you can purchase an outdoor thermostat. These units can be placed inside or outside of your home and adjusted depending on outside temperatures.

Safety Measures

There are some safety concerns to consider when using an outdoor fire pit in your backyard. Most pit users are outdoors, and most fire pits produce sparks that could create flammable objects falling onto the nearby people. Some pet owners try to place stakes around their property to discourage stray sparks from being directed at their yard.

Others place nets over their pits to try to catch sparks and keep them from falling. These safety measures are worth taking into consideration if you're concerned about the safety of others.


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